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Sarah Gopher

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Sarah

Birthplace
Israel

Lives in
Lafayette, California

Works in
Lafayette, California

Website

Schools
Tel Aviv University, BA
Stanford University, MBA

Tags
realism painting, narrative painting, conceptual, abstract, figurative

Statement

As an undergraduate at Tel Aviv University, Israeli-born Sarah Gopher studied Political Science. She then continued to Stanford University for an MBA and followed it by working as a currency trader in NYC. By the time she returned to her first love, painting, she was a mother of four, knee deep in diapers, and living in Northern California.

Her first art teacher, while she was a student in Israel, was world-renowned Israeli artist Edwin Salomon. After renewing her art pursuit Gopher has taken lessons with a number of Northern California artists and teachers in both private and group/school settings.

Gopher works simultaneously on three personal narratives: Transplantation; Fragmentum Mentis; Baseball is Life.

In the last year, Gopher has moved towards fusing the realistic with the abstract, the figurative with the undefined landscape, and has intermingled brushwork and palette knife work in her paintings to create complementing and contrasting layers and textures.

Transplantation:

As an immigrant, and a daughter of immigrants, I felt moored in two places, not fully belonging to either one. I continuously explore the relationship between immigrants and the new, unfamiliar terrain they live in. In The Promised Land series, I use the images of my parents and my grandparents, and depict them in whatever relationships they developed with their new country. The Promised Land Series is focused on the immigrants that are facing forward. They feel no nostalgia towards the past. Where they came from, they cannot go back to and wouldn't want to go back to. However, even with this specific view, they are dealing with their new world in many ways. This is what I'm exploring, in both color, texture, locale.

Fragmentum Mentis:

I was just as ignorant about mental illness as most people, until it hit close to home. Once I saw it, and understood what it was, I was overwhelmed by its power, and by the lack of resources to deal with it. In the Lati Variations series, I am exploring it from the outside, the perceptions when looking into a familiar face as it dissolves into strange and frightening pieces.

In the next series in this narrative, The World According to Lati, I will be challenging myself to depict this world from the inside (I am in the process of prep work for this series), exploring what is real and true in the minds of the mentally ill.

Baseball is Life:

Gopher, a fan of the game, explores its drama, nuance, hope, despair, elation, team play, solitary accountability, complexity, simplicity.

In the last year, Gopher has moved towards a mix of the realistic and the abstract, the figurative with the undefined landscape, and has used both brushwork and palette knife work in her paintings to create ever increasing layers and textures.

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